What Bill Clinton Doesn’t Get About Being a Grandparent

Bill Clinton was on the Ellen show this week talking about his new granddaughter, or as I like to call her, the other Charlotte. The former prez made some great points about grandparenting, although he and Hillary clearly haven’t spent a whole lot of time with the little one. >> 6 Ways to Be a Sexy Grandma I’m sure he’s very busy, but he seems to be holding back a little. “I told Hillary … ‘Now, we have to remember this …

Soothing the Savage Newborn, and Other Grandmother Tricks

As I reimmerse myself in the world of newborns (seven weeks and counting) after three decades off, I’m constantly amazed by the cool new inventions that make baby care so much easier the second time around. How did we boomer parents survive without resealable diaper tabs? Velcro swaddler blankets? Strollers with cup holders? >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas But the resource I prize above all others, the thing that has truly made a difference in the quality of my …

New Grandparent Shocker: This Is Fun!

“What’s it like for you, coming over here?” my daughter asks when I stop by her house for a visit. “It must be like entering the gates of hell.” She’s joking — sort of. For starters, she’s tethered to that medieval torture device known as a breast pump. If you last encountered one of these things in the ’80s, you may be surprised to learn that they’re as clunky and loud as ever. Perhaps when men can lactate we’ll see …

A New Boomer Grandma’s Tips for Buying the Right Stuff

Only two weeks till I become a first-time grandmother – and I desperately need some baby basics. I’m told that the must-have item these days is the Pack ‘n Play. That’s what we used to call a playpen, children, but now it’s a “play yard, complete with options like “micro-fleece newborn napper station, changing table attachment, night light (!), music player (!!) and detachable toy bar. As someone who came of age in the ’60s, may I just say: Shoot me now. …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Rinsing raw chicken doesn’t get rid of bacteria; it just spreads the germs. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Santa Claus doesn’t get jury duty. (Learn more at Yahoo) 3. In Britain, it takes just 58 minutes, on average, for a newborn’s picture to appear on social media. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 4. Plain toast for breakfast can make you fat. (Learn more at AARP) 5. A 93-year-old Brit broke his own world record as the world’s oldest “wing walker.” (Learn more …

Grandparent Bootcamp: Do You Need to Enlist?

In the 30 years I’ve talked with grandparents, there has been one common theme: “I’ve raised children myself. I don’t need to be told how to be a good grandparent!” In the past people tried to set up grandparenting classes, and for the most part they just haven’t panned out. Not enough interest. And yet, in recent years I’m hearing more about classes and workshops geared for expectant grandparents. It seems to be a growing trend … so what has …